Excalibur Gondola Stage 1 – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

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Bottom station in Whistler Village.
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Cabins transferring between the two sections. Each stage can be run independently.
View leaving Whistler Village.
Riding towards Blackcomb Base II.
Arriving at Base II.
Top station of the short lower section.
Cabin maintenance rail.
Whistler Village station.
Side view of the middle station.
Worldbook 2
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry, page 1.
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Doppelmayr Worldbook entry, page 2.

14 thoughts on “Excalibur Gondola Stage 1 – Whistler Blackcomb, BC

  1. snowbasinlocal12894 September 19, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Why doesn’t this lift have CWA X model cabins? The only 2 doppelmayr gondolas with X model cabins Ive seen are snowbasin’s. all 3 lifts are similar in age.

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  2. Owen Natorp December 17, 2018 / 6:47 am

    What’s with the different cabin in pic 1

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    • Andy December 17, 2018 / 11:54 am

      The strange looking cabin in pic 1 is an ambulance gondola, used for evacuating seriously injured patients off the mountain. There is room in it for a backboard laid flat, wit ha room for a ski patroller, doctor, or appropriate medical team members.

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  3. AvocadoAndy March 27, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    Here’s another gondola at Whistler that I could see being replaced in years to come. Their original plans were to eventually expand it up all the way to the Rendezvous, and they can no longer do that given that the technology used on this gondola is no longer available. What I imagine they’ll end up doing is replacing this with just another 8 passenger gondola, nothing too fancy, and getting that expansion up to the Rendezvous. I don’t know if that plan is set in stone with the vail acquisition, but if they were to do that, it wouldn’t be unheard of for them to use it during the summer for access to Blackcomb out of Whistler Village. It’s not a long walk to Blackcomb gondola, so maybe not, but there’s a chance.

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  4. Donald Reif #SaveDaredevil (@DonaldMReif) April 21, 2019 / 10:15 am

    The Excalibur Gondola and Excelerator Express were built to make accessing Blackcomb from Whistler much more efficient. They replaced a string of three triple chairlifts: Excalibur Stage I replacing Fitzsimmons, Stage II replacing Cruiser, and the Excelerator Express replacing Stoker.

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  5. Whistler December 15, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    I hope that they never change Excalibur gondola because it is still a good plant and in excellent condition.

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    • Teddy's Lift World December 15, 2019 / 7:45 pm

      Out of all the lifts at Whistler, I think it’s in the worst condition. The issue is that it was built with a lot of advanced technology that hasn’t aged well. At the end of the day and night when they force riders to unload at the mid, they should split the gondola into two sections and only run the lower. Instead, they keep them connected but just force you to unload at the mid. It could also use some new cabins.

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      • milanyvr January 4, 2020 / 11:41 pm

        By Far, jersey cream is in the worst condition.

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      • Donald Reif January 5, 2020 / 8:53 am

        Just as practical would be to build a high speed quad from Excalibur 2’s base to the bottom of the Catskinner Express, as highlighted in the master plans from a few years ago.

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  6. Donald Reif December 15, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    What needs to happen is that Excalibur should be replaced with a whole new gondola, and perhaps it should be supplemented with a Cruiser Express high speed quad running from the midstation up to the Blackcomb Gondola’s midstation

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  7. Donald Reif December 20, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Those terminals absolutely look like prototypes for the UNI Spacejet terminal design.

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    • atc1701 December 23, 2021 / 10:10 am

      They are European first-generation UNI terminals which indeed did evolve into the Spacejet (used worldwide), which debuted the same year (1994). I think this is the first Doppelmayr gondola constructed in North America with terminals not enclosed in a building – the NA/French UNI terminal used at the time was probably not compatible with gondolas (used exclusively on HSQs and 2 HSS) so a compatible European design was used.

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  8. powderforever45 January 5, 2020 / 5:55 pm

    After skiing at Whistler for a week I think Excelerator express and the Excalibur gondola should be replaced with a 10 person gondola. With midstation where Excalibur’s is currently and the top station of Excalibur. They should also make it where it can run as separate gondolas like the Blackcomb Gondola can.

    For Jersey Cream I think replacing it with a six pack would be a good idea as it is in a bad condition and needs more capacity.

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    • Donald Reif January 5, 2020 / 6:48 pm

      Excelerator needs to stay as a chairlift, as it’s a lapping lift. I think it would be really alienating to make it where a large portion of Blackcomb requires you to take off your skis after every run, since Excelerator in conjunction with Jersey Cream and Catskinner is the only chairlift option for getting back up into the heart of Blackcomb from the former Solar Coaster terrain.

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